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SubjectRe: The ultimate TOE design
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004, Jeff Garzik wrote:

> Put simply, the "ultimate TOE card" would be a card with network ports, a
> generic CPU (arm, mips, whatever.), some RAM, and some flash. This card's
> "firmware" is the Linux kernel, configured to run as a _totally indepenent
> network node_, with IP address(es) all its own.
> Then, your host system OS will communicate with the Linux kernel running on
> the card across the PCI bus, using IP packets (64K fixed MTU).

> My dream is that some vendor will come along and implement such a
> design, and sell it in enough volume that it's US$100 or less.
> There are a few cards on the market already where implementing this
> design _may_ be possible, but they are all fairly expensive.

The intel IXP's are like the above, XScale+extra-bits host-on-a-PCI
card running Linux. Or is that what you were referring to with
"<cards exist> but they are all fairly expensive."?

> Jeff

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